|The traders are also encouraged to sell used cooking oil to the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) to be turned into biodiesel.
Launching the project, MPS deputy president Juhari Ahmad said this sustainable Ramadan bazaar was a perfect example for traders in other Ramadan bazaars to emulate starting next year.
“We will give empty oil drums to about 20 traders to hold their used cooking oil and MPS will pay them 80sen per kg for the used cooking oil.
“The oil collected will then be sent to a contractor who will turn it into biodiesel,” he said, adding that the state had allocated RM10,000 to MPS for the initiative.
Also present at the project’s launch was Gombak Setia assemblyman Hasbullah Mohd Ridzwan.
Juhari and Hasbullah presented apron, caps and biodegradable containers to 128 traders at the event.
Hasbullah said the message on using biodegradable items was clear and it would help reduce the impact on the environment.
“According to data, more than 500 billion plastic bags and polystyrene are used daily which end up in our landfills.
“Both plastic bags and polystyrene are not biodegradable and when burnt, they release toxic gasses that can cause cancer.
“When buried, its leachate can get into our water system causing serious health problems.’’